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Mike Maloney On The Greatest Wealth Transfer In History

I received a link to this video not too long ago with Mike Maloney of goldsilver.com talking about the soon to come greatest wealth transfer in history. Check it out.

Gold has become very expensive over the last few years, so I like silver. Silver, while getting more and more expensive, is still affordable and regular people still have the opportunity to build up a small stock pile as a hedge against whatever may happen.

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The Bad Economy and the Death of the Dollar

I was looking for something to listen to and came across Robert Kiyosaki‘s audio book – Increase Your Financial IQ. It was published in March 2008 and has some very good, current information. I highly recommend it. There was some important information in the first chapter that I want to share here.

In 1971 President Nixon took the US off the gold standard, which changed how our money works. Prior to 1971, the dollar was based on gold, which has intrinsic value. To save money was equal to saving gold, so it made sense to save money for retirement or college because it would hold value.

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Asset Diversification

Diversifying your assets can save your retirement.

If you know anything about the stock market, you know that the experts say that you need to diversify your stock portfolio.  You have a better chance of making money if you have it spread out over multiple companies in multiple sectors.  That way you are insulated from the risk of something happening to one company or even a whole sector.  If you remember the Enron scandal then you probably remember hearing stories of people losing their entire retirement savings because it was all invested in that one company.  You may also remember the “Dot Com” bust when that entire sector took a huge dive.  Mutual funds are a great way for ordinary people to diversify their stock holdings because they provide a single place to invest money that then gets invested in a broad sampling of companies that have been selected by an expert.

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Diminishing Value of the Dollar

The value of the dollar has been decreasing over the past several years.  You know that.  You know why too.  The government keeps pumping out more money in the form of bailouts and other programs.

Until about 30 years ago, the value of the US Dollar was tied to the value of gold.  We were on a gold standard.  In 1971 President Nixon abolished the gold standard which made it possible for the government to have more money printed without it being backed up by anything.  You’ve got to hear Glenn Beck’s description of this and see his chart.  It is amazing and somewhat disturbing.

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Diversify Your Savings with Gold

I have been learning about gold recently. Gold has been used as money since before recorded history. In more modern times it became easier to carry paper money and less valuable coins to pay for goods and services, but the money was still backed by gold and silver. I actually have an old $1 bill that bears the words “Silver Certificate”. In 1971 President Nixon took the US off the gold standard changing American currency to fiat currency.

From Wikipedia: “Fiat money achieves value because a government accepts it in payment of taxes and says it can be used within the country as a “tender” (offering) to pay all debts.”

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